Many owners have great results by also placing a bell on the door handle, and training their puppy to ring the bell when they need to go out. Start by ringing the bell as you exit with your dog, and praise the puppy as soon as they learn to ring the bell on their own.
Also, remain watchful when the puppy drinks water. Treat this just like a meal, and take them out to potty soon afterward. Choosing a puppy food that digests well and avoiding feeding within two hours of bedtime will help.
There are many other times that a young puppy will need to go potty, besides the first thing in the morning and after each meal. These instances include periods after naps and playtime.
While you’re adhering to your timeline, it helps to firmly establish the rules for where your puppy should and should not eliminate, and dog crates and puppy pads can be very useful training tools to assist you in establishing your potty training plan.
When you have to leave home for several hours and your puppy needs to stay in a crate during the day, remember to plan ahead. If you’re unsure about how long your puppy can hold it, use the month-plus-one rule. Take the age of your puppy in months and add one, and that is the maximum number of hours that your puppy should be able to comfortably hold it between potty breaks. A 3-month-old puppy plus one equals 4 hours that they should be able to stay in the crate without a mess.
Can I take my puppy outside to pee before vaccinations?Avoid the yard until your puppy has been vaccinated. Potty training a puppy less than 4 months is a waste of time anyway. They can’t truly hold their bladders until 6 months of age.
No (and Not Just Because of Parvo)
It is not a good idea to take your new puppy to an area that is used by other dogs because they are going to be exposed to many other viruses and bacteria. Parvo is just one of them.
Some veterinarians will recommend that puppies are kept away from those areas until they are finished with their vaccinations and are fully protected—about 16 weeks of age. Unfortunately, a puppys sensitive socialization period is over by then, so you can end up with a dog that is afraid of any new thing (neophobic).
Can I take my 8 week old puppy outside?
If you receive your puppy at 8 weeks, you can safely take him outside, but with precautions. … Once your puppy has had his final round of vaccinations (typically 14-16 weeks), you can extend the areas and dogs that he is exposed to. Overall, your puppy can go outside as soon as you bring home.